PHOTO CALL: Kristine Fraelich, James Barry, Robert Hager and More Star in Video-Enhanced Next to Normal at Philly's Arden
By Krissie Fullerton
Arden Theatre Company's resident Philadelphia production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal, starring Kristine Fraelich, James Barry, Robert Hager and more, features a unique video design that will "take us into the minds of the characters.
Director Terrence J. Nolen collaborated with scenic and video designer Jorge Cousineau.
The Arden cast includes Kristine Fraelich (Sunday in the Park with George and Baby Case at the Arden, The Civil War on Broadway) as Diana, Brian Hissong (Sunday in the Park with George; Winesburg, OH), Barrymore Award winner Michael Doherty as Henry, Barrymore Award winner Rachel Camp as daughter Natalie, James Barry (Broadway's Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) as father Dan Goodman and Robert Hager (Broadway's How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Bye Bye Birdie and Spring Awakening) as son Gabe Goodman.
Here's a look at the production:
Performances of the dark rock musical about a family shaken by the mental illness of its matriarch will play Arden's F. Otto Haas Stage through Nov. 4. Next to Normal has book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt. In addition to winning the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, they took home the 2009 Tony for Best Score. Kitt and Michael Starobin won the Tony for Orchestrations. Alice Ripley, playing frazzled, broken Diana Goodman, won the Tony as Best Actress in a Musical.
Opening night is 7 PM Oct. 3. For more information, please visit ardentheatre.org.
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